“There are far, far better things ahead than anything we leave behind.”
— C. S. Lewis
“To act wisely when the time for action comes, to wait patiently when it is time for repose, put man in accord with the tides. Ignorance of this law results in periods of unreasoning enthusiasm on the one hand, and depression on the other.”
“There is no point treating a depressed person as though she were just feeling sad, saying, ‘There now, hang on, you’ll get over it.’ Sadness is more or less like a head cold- with patience, it passes. Depression is like cancer.”
― Barbara Kingsolver,
“Depression – it falls into that small category of things like combat that, if you haven’t been in it, you can say you can imagine it all you like. But it’s truly different.”
Depression is not always understood… sometimes psychologists offer
a diagnosis or friends and family may offer support…
Other times not so much.
“I didn’t want my picture taken because I was going to cry. I didn’t know why I was going to cry, but I knew that if anybody spoke to me or looked at me too closely the tears would fly out of my eyes and the sobs would fly out of my throat and I’d cry for a week. I could feel the tears brimming and sloshing in me like water in a glass that is unsteady and too full.”
Different types of depression and the symptoms:
1. Loss of interest in activities that you
used to enjoy.
2. Desire to avoid social occasions.
3. Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
(often with no logical basis) .
4. Changes in appetite
(overeating or loss of interest in food)
5. Excessive tiredness.
6. Changes in speed of your movement noticeable to others.
7. Changes in sleeping patterns: reduced or excessive
8. Suicidal thoughts, thoughts the world better without you.
Here is a test to determine if you are depressed.
And here are ways to treat depression…
–15 to 30 minutes of physical activity may improve mood
–Long-term regular exercise can help prevent recurrence.
2. Eat well.
Well-balanced eating helps you feel better.
— Eat more whole grains, beans and vegetables.
— Eat regular meals, especially breakfast.
— Increase your intake of cold-water fish:
salmon, halibut, tuna and bluefish.
— Avoid alcohol and caffeine, they make depression and/or anxiety more intense or severe.
3. Get adequate sleep.
— Aim for eight hours a night,
and be consistent with bedtime.
4. Control stress.
Coping with depression is stressful enough, so try to limit other sources of stress.
— Simplify your schedule and prioritize.
— Get organized so you know where to find things you need.
— If you need a break, take it.
Take a day trip, bus ride, bicycle trip or a
— Recognize stress signals and slow down: stomach upset?
forgetting things or feeling extra irritable?
— Recognize the importance of give and take.
— Cultivate your spirituality or sense of well-being.
— Avoid negative and unhealthy connections.
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Psych Central – Depression Screening Test
Test your depressive feelings today and track them over time.
(Illustrations by Shannon Wheeler and Vincent Van Gogh)
Rainbow Umbrella picture from Waterfront Blues Festival (2012) by Peter C. Little
“If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.” — Fred Rogers
“You largely constructed your depression. It wasn’t given to you. Therefore, you can deconstruct it.”